Round 76

Updated 8/25/18

Congratulations to Richard Beyma, hanging on to the top of the ladder.

FINAL Round 76 Matchups (Second player listed has the first bid)

1. Richard Beyma (Allies-2.0) vs Jim Bodenheimer (Axis) Allied Victory

2. Rob Drozd (Axis) vs Ken Pascoe (Allies-1.5). Axis Victory

3. Rick Vrost (Allies-1.5) vs Pete Shelling (Axis) Allied Victory by 1.5!

4. Karl Bodenheimer (Allies-2.0) vs Jeff Lange (Axis). Allied Victory

5. Vince Meconi (Allies-1.5) vs Greg Hultgren (Axis) Axis Victory

6.   Dennis Nicholson (Allies-2.0) vs Phil Watkins (Axis) Allied Victory

7.  Mike Brophy (Axis) vs Bill Thomson (Allies-1). Allied Victory by 1.0!

8. Mike Kaye (Axis) vs Mircea Pauca (Allies-2.5) Allied Victory

9.  Tim Tow (Axis) vs Andy Choptiany (Allies-1.5) Allied Victory

10. Jonathan Lockwood (Allies-1.5) vs Bob Jamelli Axis. Allied Victory by 4.5.

11. Bruce Monnin (Axis) vs Bob Hamel (Allies-1.5) Axis Victory

12. Mike Ussery (Allies-1.5) vs Lee Kendter (Axis) Axis Victory by 2.5

13. John Sharp (Axis) vs Greg Smith (Allies-1.5) Allied Victory

14. Avi Solomon (Allies-1.5) vs Dave Elkin (Axis) Allied Victory

15, Tom Thornsen (Axis) vs Robert Frisby (Allies-2.0) Allied Victory


16. Jonathan Lockwood (Allies-2.5) vs Mircea Paula (Axis)

Allied Victory

17. Jonathan Lockwood (Axis) vs Mircea Paula (Allies-2.5) Allied Victory

18. Jonathan Lockwood (Allies-1.5) vs Avi Solomon(Axis) Allied Victory

Allied Victory  14     Axis Victory   4      Tie

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Lee Kendter

Jonathan Lockwood

Vince Meconi

Mircea Pauca

Avi Solomon

49 Comments to “Round 76”

  1. Mircea Pauca (Allies. bid 2.5) defeated Michael Kaye (Axis) by surrender in Turn 8, very strongly helped by luck. We have played WAS for AREA before.

    T1: I just stole/copied Jonathan Lockwood’s Barents-in-1 opening – it is that good! Speed Rolls to Barents cooperated by none failing (the only partial vulnerability as I saw it). Mike responded by trying SATL (while leaving a 2+25 in Baltic). Both other 2+25’s failed their SR and remained in Germany. Great firing sank 3+57 Scharnhorst, both 1+27 and two Italians. In NATL 4 ASW sank 2 of the 3 U-boats. Score ends at 0.
    Now only several miracles can save the Axis…
    T2: Gneisenau (the surviving 3+57) and two Italians valiantly sortie, the Italians are sunk, Gneisenau gets back with 3 damage to Neutral port. Score -1 Allied.
    T3: Gneisenau and Revenge sink each other in SATL – but there are 2×553 remaining. Score -2.
    T4: 5U try to hinder Convoy 2B in NATL (11 ASW), they disable it at cost of 1U. Convoy 1A offloads to Russia. Score -5.
    T5: A Russian gets sunk while not scratching the German fleet. 6U open Barents vs 13 ASW, losing 2U and damaging 2 BB – that will get them sunk soon. Score -5.
    T6: Desperate battle in Barents – German fleet is sizably inferior but has no better option. Convoy 2B gets sunk from air, substantial ship losses (2BB sunk+2 crippled, 2CA vs all 3x 2+25). The full wolfpack masses in NATL against Convoy 3C but the 18 ASW sinks 2U and disables 6 (i.e. one to spare). Score -5.
    T7: Even more desperate attempt to open NSEA (6U vs 19 ASW) fails totally (5U sunk, 4U disabled = 3 to spare). Score -6.

  2. Bill Thomson (Allies -1) def Mike Brophy (Axis) with final tally at +2 Allied, net +1. Axis was set to win with net +0 but Firish decided 10 ASW was sufficient to sink all 5 UBoats to deny the Kriegsmarine.

  3. Lee Kendter (Axis) defeats Michael Ussery with a raw score of Axis +1, 2.5 after bid.

    Mike’s ASW was unreal, and I took multiple rounds of sub beatings. There was just one sub left entering round 8.
    I was lucky to barely break the North Sea round 5.
    Most of my German wins included early CV sinks. I finally got my first CV sink turn 8 (the Eagle). This didn’t help my problems with ASW.
    I controlled South Atlantic rounds 6, 7, and 8. My LBA woke up turn 8, and sunk convoy #3. Without the LBA I would have lost with allies +2 (.5) after bid.

  4. Rick Virost (Allies) defeated Pete Shelling (Axis) in Match 3 of WAS Round 76 with a final POC score of +3 Allies (+1.5 Allies with the bid.)

    Axis overpowered the Allies South Atlantic defenses on Turn 1, and the fast Axis surviving fleet remained outside the blockaded German ports for the entire game (staying either in France, the Neutral Port, or Italy.) The light cruisers supported by U-Boats even attempted (but failed) to control the South Atlantic on Turn 8. Ship losses on both sides were tremendous. For the Axis, only Bismarck, four U-Boats and seven of the eight Italian battleships were still sea worthy at the end of the game. Allies lost eleven battleships of all classes along with one carrier, one cruiser, and one convoy. The game was undecided until Turn 8 when Convoy 2B succeeded on its second attempt for the full supply delivery to Russia (Convoy 2B on Turn 6 was disabled, Convoy 3C on Turn 7 was sunk.) At one point a single Russian battleship survived surface fire from both Bismarck and the previously damaged Tirpitz long enough to disable both Germans and “liberate” the Baltic for that turn before being sunk and unable to claim the POC there. An exciting match with strong Allies ASW results (for disable but not for sunk) that blunted the U-Boat attacks being one of the deciding factors.

  5. Today Robert Frisby (Axis) defeated Jonathan Lockwood (Allies/bid of 2.5 POC) in an off-Ladder match by 3.5 POC including Jonathan’s bid of 2.5. The Axis enjoyed an early lead after controlling the Barents on turns one and two. The subsequent sinking of the first convoy and the disabling of the other two through U-boat and air attacks made it almost impossible for the Allies to close the POC gap. One convoy reached Russia and the other made it to England on the last turn. Most of the ships in both fleets survived the war.

  6. Jonathan Lockwood (Allies 1.5) has defeated Avi Solomon (Axis) in an extra Round 76 match by 8.5 POC with handicap applied at the end of Turn 7 when the Axis conceded. It was a relatively quiet game on Turns 1-5, with the Allies maintaining the blockade from Turn 1 on and getting two convoys through to Murmansk. The Axis attempted to steal 3 POC in the SATL on Turn 6 with 3 Italian cruisers supported by 7 U-boat wolfpacks, but was unsuccessful. The Axis then made its all-out effort on Turn 7, with 7 U-boats attempting to break control in the North Sea versus 21 Allied ASW, while most of the German fleet supported by Axis LBA challenged the superior Allied Convoy 3C task force. The Axis took a significant but unavoidable risk in the Baltic by leaving the Prinz Eugen to hold the Baltic against the activated Marat The 7 U-boats were neutralized in the North Sea, with 5 sunk and the remaining two disabled, while the Prinz Eugen disabled the Marat back to Leningrad after 2 rounds of combat to hold the Baltic. In a climactic battle lasting five rounds, the Allied Convoy 3C successfully pushed through to Murmansk, albeit with heavy casualties on both sides. We have obviously played before, and this was yet another interesting match.

  7. Andy Choptiany(Allies) defeated Tim Tow(Axis) after a hard fought game.The bid was 1-5 to play the Allies. The Axis resigned during T8 after devastating salvos in the SAO and Bts Sea put the game out of reach.The Allies were leading by 4 POC before the bid.

  8. Karl Bodenheimer (Allies) defeated Jeffrey Lange (Axis). Axis concede after T6 behind 6 POC after the bid. Karl won Allies with a bid of 2.0. Lots of battles with big attrition on both sides. Lucky hits with ASW kept the U-boats down and the first two convoys sailed through the LBA, one with 2 damage, to Russia.

  9. Robert Frisby’s Allies defeated Tom Thornsen’s Axis in their War at Sea round 76 match. Robert bid 2 POC for the Allies. Due to favorable dice, the Allies inflicted heavy losses on the Axis early in the game and accumulated enough POC to prompt an Axis concession on turn seven.

  10. Avi Solomon has won his ladder match against David Elkin. The score was Allied 4 POC at the end of Turn 7 and unlikely to change by Turn 8. The bid was 1.5 POC for the Allies so Avi won by the small margin of 2.5 POC. This was the first time both of us played against each other.

  11. Greg Smith (Allies) has beaten John Sharp (Axis) in their WaS match. Greg had won before T8, but John wanted to play it out further just in case a loooooongshot might make its appearance. Alas, three airstrike fives out of five dice disabled 60% of the Kriegsmarine in the Barents T8 to pound that last nail firmly into the coffin. Congratulations to Greg!

  12. Jonathan Lockwood (Allies 1.5) has defeated Bob Jamelli’s Axis in a match that was close until the final turn. The Axis came out in the SATL initially and took it, but at the cost of a pocket battleship and a German and Italian cruiser sunk, Gneisenau and Graf Spee disabled to the neutral port, and the Scharnhorst (-5) and Adm Hipper remaining at sea to oil in order to escape back to Germany for Turn 2. The Allies managed to get Convoy 1A through to Murmansk, but Axis U-boats would sink the next two convoys to keep the score close. The Allies were able to keep the main fleet in Germany (7 ships) separated from the remainder of the Germans and Italians making their way out of the Med in an effort to threaten the SATL and NATL. The failure of the Graf Spee to speed roll to the NATL from the neutral port on one turn and being trapped in the neutral port the next turn would result in the loss of 2 POC for the Axis. By the beginning of Turn 8, the Axis had 7 German ships in Germany and a full strength U-boat fleet, but were trailing by 4 POC (2.5 POC with handicap applied). In a desperate gamble to overcome the Allied lead, the Axis sent 6 ships to challenge the North Sea fleet of 6 battleships and 4 aircraft carriers (including Eagle), split its 7 U-boats between the NATL and SATL to try to deny both areas (they succeeded), and took a big risk by leaving the Prinz Eugen in the Baltic to hold off the newly activated Okt Rev from taking control. The Allied and Axis airstrikes in the North Sea all missed their targets, and the British were able to disable or sink the entire Axis task force, leaving only the Eagle to escort the other three aircraft carriers home to England. But the Okt Rev performed most heroically on Turn 8, sinking the Prinz Eugen and taking 2 damage from its final return fire to seize control of the Baltic for the Allies and extend the final Allied cumulative lead to 6 POC (4.5 POC with handicap). A most exciting finish to a game that stayed close most of the way.

  13. Bruce Monnin’s Axis defeated Bob Hamel’s Allies by 1.0 POC (2.5 POC after bid).

    The Allies won Turn 1 combat in the Barents and had great ASW the first 2-3 turns. Then the dice turned. The Axis kept contesting the Barents, winning thanks to poor Allied speed rolls and an advantage for the Luftwaffe over the RAF. What looked like a nail-biter changed when the Axis unexpectedly won a Turn 6 combat in the South Atlantic, when they were sent there just to kill future ASW.

  14. In Drozd (Axis) vs Pascoe(Allies), Ken bid 1.5 to play the Allies and went with a Mediterranean strategy. The Allied airstrikes underperformed and the Italian fleet fought fiercely to control the Med for the first 4 turns. By then, the Brits lost several CVs and other ships while the Axis had accumulated a 9 POC lead. With the North Sea under Axis control and only 2 convoys remaining, Ken conceded.

  15. Mircea Pauca (Allies; bid 2.5) defeated Jonathan Lockwood (Axis) in the 4th game of our off-Ladder test series – by 1.5p net (4p raw).
    I mirror Jonathan’s opening which has been great so far.
    T1: Stukas sink Ark Royal!
    T2: I leave NATL empty to keep enough blockade forces (which was tested as POW missed the speed roll, they were barely deterrent). Stukas sink Formidable too!
    4U+4 Italians try SATL vs 3BB,Eagle, they lose 1U and 2 Italians sunk vs no British. A bit doubtful this sortie I’d say, but would have added pressure on NATL and convoy if it went better for the Axis.
    T3: SATL again, 4U+2 Italian vs 2BB,Eagle, they lose again (2U and 1 Italian).
    T4: Barents huge battle with convoy1A as stakes. British hold in the close 5-round battle, losing Repulse and 5 cruisers (and lots of damage on BBs) and sink Lutzow, Spee, Blucher (and lots on damage on heavies, two crippled). Last Italian suicides along with 1U sunk.
    T5: Barents large battle again while the two crippled BB patch up in Murmansk. This time Germans win control and sink Convoy 2B, Hood and Kent whie losing Gneisenau and Scheer. 5U in a POC-picking sortie vs 5 ASW in SATL, they lose 1U.
    T6: Stukas sink two damaged BB’s of the Barents blockade. The 7U wolfpack senses weakness in NATL convoy escort (9 ASW – generally very short overall) but only disables it.
    T7: Reduced German fleet sinks Okt. Rev. at the cost of Hipper. The wolfpack strikes NATL again (10 ASW now) for the convoy, inflicting 3 damage but it continues towards Russia. Lucky convoy!
    T8: Barents. 7U vs 17 ASW, smaller German fleet vs larger, battered Allies guarding the precious last ships with the vacuum tubes. The wolfpack is shattered (6U sunk, 1U disabled) so it could not help. The surface battle came surprisingly close after better Stuka strikes – then Tirpitz and Zeppelin’s guns having to fight through two carriers as extra screens for the convoy. Ultimately Allies win (Dorsetshire’s torpedoes) and deliver the vacuum tubes for radios to equip new Tank Armies for the summer counteroffensive that finally liberated Mother Russia – Op. Bagration.
    Germans may have won it if not holding back Eugen in the Baltic…
    Final score 4 Allied raw, so I win by 1.5 points.

    (We have played WAS for AREA before many times)

    These two games have refined the Nash equilibrium between Jonathan’s Barents-in-1 and the stay-and-grow Axis continuation. Luck still remains in subtler forms, mainly losses to ASW and airstrikes. Proper timing of cooperation between Doenitz’s submarines and Raeder’s fleet becomes even more important – and Allied ways to disrupt it.

  16. Jonathan Lockwood (Allies; bid 2.5) defeated Mircea Pauca (Axis) in the third game of our off-Ladder test series – by 3.5p net (6p raw).
    In response to Jonathan’s new Barents-in-1 implementantion, my German fleet accepted the blockade and stayed home to grow in T1-2. In T2 I took the risk with 4U and opened NSea against 11 ASW – but 2U were sunk.
    T3: Big battle in NATL. Germans lose Scharnhorst and two damaged ships, vs British 2BB,Eagle and convoy.
    T4: Try again to open NSEA: 5U vs 14 ASW, failed with heavy loss of 3U.
    T5: Luftwaffe very luckily sinks Convoy 2B in Barents (and fleet sinks Marat with only a disable). Total score 1 Allied, position looks great for Axis with a 10-ship fleet.
    T6: Germans too timidly send the 7U wolfpack to SATL, without adding the 4 Italian cruisers (just as well; no British BB’s were harmed by the subs). Missed the clear opportunity to open NSEA at 7U vs 17 ASW which would have maximized the threats of German surface ships.
    T7: NSEA opening attempt is harder now, 7U vs 20 ASW and fails. Fleet stays in Baltic and vaporizes Okt. Rev. while losing Graf Spee. Luftwaffe sinks Ark Royal but Convoy 3C lands in Russia.
    T8: Desperate clashes in NSEA and SATL (6U+4 Italians). In each I know the Axis are sizably inferior, but need one victory. Axis lose both.
    Total score 6 Allied (raw) so Jonathan wins by 3.5 net.

  17. I got a turn 1 KO on Phillip Watkins. I took the Allies for 2 POC bid. I failed a speed roll so the Germans came out into
    the Barents. Bad choice. I sunk all 5 small ships and disabled the 2 big ships to take the area as well. So he surrendered .

  18. Finally, a Bodenheimer is playing for the top spot. Roll good bro.

  19. Yes I am playing in 76. will look for Mike Brophy’s email

  20. I am in for 76

  21. Hi Greg. Thanks for running the ladder. I am out this round.

  22. Since John Pack is out, I am in 🙂

  23. I’ll skip this round

  24. Yes, I will play in Round 76. Thank you for keeping keeping it organized!

  25. i am in

  26. Playing, Round 76!

  27. I am in for another lesson as well

  28. count me in

  29. Sitting round 76 out – see you in the next one.

  30. I’ll go it again. Thanks for running the ladder

  31. I’m in for rd 76.

  32. Add my name to the list of players in Round 76.

  33. Hum, don’t see that I asked to be in next round – please add me in

  34. I’m IN for round 76.

  35. In for Rd 76

  36. I will play round 76.

  37. Count me in (loved your comment, Vince!)

  38. I will play

  39. I will skip round 76.

  40. I will play, Please change my email to All others are outdated.

  41. count me in

  42. Rick Virost will play in Round 76 (starting in late June or early July).

  43. Vince,

    I agree, so I’m in, too.

    John Sharp

  44. I’m sick and tired of this game. It doesn’t reward good play, only good dice. The sobriquet Yahtzee At Sea is 100% accurate. I can’t buy a die roll lately. And when I say lately, I mean the last 3 years. The dice servers must be rigged. It’s disgusting. So because of all of the above I hereby announce that I’m…signing up for Round 76! 8^)

  45. As will I.

  46. I will play.

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